When a person dies, it is often a difficult time for family members who, on top of bereavement, suddenly find themselves having to deal with issues such as 'probate'.
'Probate' is a term commonly used when talking about applying for the right to deal with a deceased person's affairs. Obtaining probate is the process by which the personal representatives of a deceased person become entitled to deal with the assets of the estate It involves preparing an account to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, paying inheritance tax (if due) and then applying to the court for a 'grant or representation'- the legal document which allows the personal representatives to collect in the assets and distribute them to the beneficiaries.
Not all estates will require probate, but where there is property or shares to be dealt with then probate is likely to be needed. At Crosse + Crosse we are experienced in dealing with the preparation of the necessary accounts and application and will guide you through the process efficiently and sympathetically. If you would like any further information, please contact a member of our Probate Team below.
Probate Team members:
Wills Related Legal Services:
- Powers of Attorney
- Court of Protection Matters
- Advance Decisions (Living Wills)
- Delegation of Decisions
- Tax Planning